High-fidelity simulation and legal/ethical concepts: a transformational learning experience

Nurs Ethics. 2012 May;19(3):390-8. doi: 10.1177/0969733011423559. Epub 2012 Feb 8.


Students in an undergraduate legal and ethical issues course continually told the authors that they did not have time to study for the course because they were busy studying for their clinical courses. Faculty became concerned that students were failing to realize the value of legal and ethical concepts as applicable to clinical practice. This led the authors to implement a transformational learning experience in which students applied legal and ethical course content in a high-fidelity human simulation (HFHS) scenario. A preliminary evaluation compared the new HFHS experience with in-person and online student groups using the same case. Based on both student and faculty perceptions, the HFHS was identified as the best of the three approaches for providing a transformational learning experience regarding legal and ethical content.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Colonic Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Colonic Neoplasms / nursing
  • Colonic Neoplasms / pathology
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate
  • Ethics, Nursing / education*
  • Faculty, Nursing / statistics & numerical data
  • Feedback, Psychological
  • Humans
  • Liability, Legal*
  • Male
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Nursing Assessment / methods
  • Nursing Evaluation Research*
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care / methods*
  • Patient Simulation*
  • Problem-Based Learning / methods*
  • Staff Development / methods
  • Students, Nursing / psychology*
  • Students, Nursing / statistics & numerical data
  • Telemetry / methods
  • United States